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National memorial to honor late Fort Wayne officer

Statement as issued Friday by the Fort Wayne Police Department:

On May 13th, 2013, former Master Sergeant Kenneth W. Hayden will be recognized as having lost his life in the line of duty and his name will be inscribed at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.

On August 19, 1974, Sergeant Hayden was accidentally shot in his leg as he responded to a robbery in progress at the former Fairfield Liquors store. Following a period of recovery he went back to work. Eleven years later, while investigating an accident scene, Sergeant Hayden fractured his leg in the same spot as the previous injury. While in surgery, doctors located a tumor and his leg was amputated. Master Sergeant Hayden retired with a medical disability on May 13, 1986. In 1987 and 1988, metastatic cancer was removed from his lungs and he underwent several rounds of chemotherapy. On September 12, 1989, Sergeant Hayden died of osteogenic sarcoma and pulmonary metastases at the age of forty-one.

Master Sergeant Hayden was survived by his wife, Joan; four sons, Christopher, Joseph, Benjamin, and Michael; two brothers Paul and Donald; and a sister, Joyce M.

Joan Hayden has been working with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial over the past eighteen (months) to gain recognition for her husband and has been assisted in her efforts by the FWPD. From this date forward Master Sergeant Kenneth Hayden will also be recognized as a line of duty death by our agency.

Chief Rusty York and Detective Judy Schon will be joining the Hayden family in Washington, D.C. for the ceremony.

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